Inspirational Essex paralympian helps trust launch new values
11 March 2016
Southend University Hospital hosted a series of informative events as it unveiled its new values to staff with the help of inspirational Essex paralympian, Danny Crates.
The new values are:
Care with compassion
Professional & accountable
The values were chosen by staff after a consultation period
which invited all staff to share the standards and expectations
they felt were important for the hospital over the coming months
Danny Crates, Essex's Paralympic hero and one of the most
successful British Paralympic athletes of recent times, gave an
inspirational talk about the power of values and how his own values
helped him achieve amazing feats against momentous odds. After his
talk Danny visited several wards and departments to raise awareness
of the new values. Danny's appearance was made possible thanks to
sponsorship by UK Power Networks.
Speaking to staff from across all areas of the hospital, Danny
said: "These values weren't set for you, they were chosen by you.
You can either sit back or you can set new goals and ambitions, and
that is what you have done and for me that is one of the key
elements of being a success. Everyone needs a team round them to
constantly evaluate what you are doing and I wish team Southend
Hospital every success with their new values."
Chief executive Sue Hardy spoke about why the hospital's values
are essential to the care and service provisions in the trust, as
well as what they mean in day-to-day challenges.
This was followed by an interactive session with the executive
team as they answered questions about what the values mean to them,
and what they will do to help embed them into the everyday life of
Sue said: "Care with compassion is our promise to patients that
all day, every day, we will do our very best to ensure we deliver
our vision: high quality care for every patient, every time. Our
values express our ethos as an organisation (how we work together),
setting out the fundamental standards and expectations we all have
of each other."
The hospital's education centre was also packed with stands
exploring the hospital's new values, as well as wellbeing and
development opportunities and the benefits that all staff bring to
Southend University Hospital. Staff were encouraged to take a
Values Pledge to affirm their commitment to the trust's
Notes to editors
Who is Danny Crates?
Orsett born Danny Crates is widely considered one
of the greatest British disability athletes of all-time and is not
only a Paralympic icon but also world record holder.
After losing his right arm in a horrific accident
at just 21-years-old, Danny moved into Paralympic sport and quickly
began to dominate - famously winning gold in the men's 800 meters
T46 final at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a year which also
saw him set a new world record.
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